List of current NHL captains and alternate captains

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Zdeno Chara, the longest tenured captain in the NHL, and captain of the Boston Bruins, since 2006. The captain can be identified by the large "C" on his jersey.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 31 teams, founded in 1917. Each team may select a captain, who has the "privilege of discussing with the referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game."[1] Each team is also permitted to select alternate captains, who serve when the captain is not on the ice.[1] Captains are required to wear the letter "C" on their uniform for identification while alternate captains wear the letter "A"; both letters are 3 inches (7.6 cm) in height.

Rule 6.2 of the 2008–09 Official NHL Rulebook indicates that "[only] when the captain is not in uniform, the coach shall have the right to designate three alternate captains. This must be done prior to the start of the game."[1][2] Many NHL teams with a named captain select more than two alternate captains and rotate the "A" among these players throughout the season.[3] As of August 2017, there are six teams without captains--the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights.

Goaltenders are not permitted to serve as captains during games.[1] This rule was instituted in 1948 after teams complained that it took Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan too long to skate to talk with the officials and back to his crease.[4] Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo served as captain for two seasons (2008–09 and 2009–10), but because of the League's rule, he was not allowed to serve as captain on-ice or wear the "C" on his jersey, though it was incorporated into the artwork on his mask.[4][5] As a result, the Canucks were allowed to dress three alternate captains in games, as opposed to the League standard of two. Two (of the three) alternate captains handled on-ice duties in Luongo's place.[5] Other than Durnan and Luongo, five other goaltenders have captained their team: John Ross Roach of the Toronto St. Patricks, George Hainsworth of the Montreal Canadiens, Roy Worters of the New York Americans, Alec Connell of the original Ottawa Senators and Charlie Gardiner of the Chicago Black Hawks.[6]

When Connor McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers, he became the youngest permanent captain in NHL history.[7] Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are the second- and third-youngest players to be named captain in NHL history, respectively. In 1984, Brian Bellows was named interim captain of the Minnesota North Stars when Craig Hartsburg was injured, and is the youngest player to captain a team in NHL history. However, because Bellows served only as an interim captain, McDavid retains the distinction of being the youngest permanent captain in the League's history.[8] Mark Messier is the only player to captain two separate teams to Stanley Cup championships, those being the 1990 Edmonton Oilers and the 1994 New York Rangers.[9] Sidney Crosby also became the youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Key

 dagger  Spent entire NHL career with team

Position abbreviations
Abbreviation Definition
D Defenseman
LW Left wing
C Center
RW Right wing

Captains

Twenty-five of the thirty-one NHL teams currently have a captain. The six teams without a captain are the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vegas Golden Knights. The current longest-tenured captain in the League is Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who has served in the role since October 3, 2006.

List of current NHL Captains
Team Captain Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Getzlaf, RyanRyan GetzlafRyan 2010–11[10] C
Arizona Coyotes Vacant 2017–18[11]
Boston Bruins Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara 2006–07[12] D
Buffalo Sabres Vacant 2017–18[13]
Calgary Flames Giordano, MarkMark GiordanoSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[14] D
Carolina Hurricanes Vacant 2015–16
Chicago Blackhawks Toews, JonathanJonathan ToewsSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[15] C
Colorado Avalanche Landeskog, GabrielGabriel LandeskogSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[16] LW
Columbus Blue Jackets Foligno, NickNick Foligno 2015–16[17] LW
Dallas Stars Benn, JamieJamie BennSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[18] LW
Detroit Red Wings Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik ZetterbergSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[19] LW/C
Edmonton Oilers McDavid, ConnorConnor McDavidSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[7] C
Florida Panthers Derek MacKenzie 2016–17 C
Los Angeles Kings Kopitar, AnzeAnze Kopitardagger 2016–17[20] C
Minnesota Wild Koivu, MikkoMikko KoivuSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[21] C
Montreal Canadiens Max PaciorettySpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[22] LW
Nashville Predators Vacant 2017–18
New Jersey Devils Greene, AndyAndy GreeneSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[23] D
New York Islanders Tavares, JohnJohn TavaresSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[24] C
New York Rangers McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonaghSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[25] D
Ottawa Senators Karlsson, ErikErik KarlssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[26] D
Philadelphia Flyers Giroux, ClaudeClaude GirouxSpent entire NHL career with team 2012–13[27] C
Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby, SidneySidney CrosbySpent entire NHL career with team 2007–08[28] C
St. Louis Blues Pietrangelo, AlexAlex PietrangeloSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
San Jose Sharks Pavelski, JoeJoe PavelskiSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[29] C/RW
Tampa Bay Lightning Stamkos, StevenSteven StamkosSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[30] C
Toronto Maple Leafs Vacant 2015–16
Vancouver Canucks Sedin, HenrikHenrik SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[31] C
Vegas Golden Knights Vacant
Washington Capitals Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander OvechkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2009–10[32] LW
Winnipeg Jets Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 2016–17 RW

Alternate captains

Jordan Staal, a former alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes
Tomas Plekanec, an alternate captain of the Montreal Canadiens
Joe Thornton, an alternate captain of the San Jose Sharks
List of current NHL Alternate Captains
Team Alternate Captain(s) Since Pos
Anaheim Ducks Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 2015–16 C
Perry, CoreyCorey PerrySpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[33] RW
Arizona Coyotes Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-LarssonSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[34] D
TBD 2017–18
Boston Bruins Bergeron, PatricePatrice BergeronSpent entire NHL career with team 2006–07[35] C
Krejci, DavidDavid KrejciSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[36] C
Buffalo Sabres Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges 2014–15[37] D
O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly 2015–16 C
Calgary Flames Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 2016–17 RW
Monahan, SeanSean Monahanspent entire career with NHL team 2015–16 C
Carolina Hurricanes Faulk, JustinJustin FaulkSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 D
Rask, VictorVictor RaskSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Staal, JordanJordan Staal 2012–13[38] C
Skinner, JeffJeff SkinnerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Chicago Blackhawks Keith, DuncanDuncan KeithSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[39] D
Seabrook, BrentBrent SeabrookSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[40] D
Colorado Avalanche TBD 2017–18
Duchene, MattMatt DucheneSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnonSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Columbus Blue Jackets Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky 2012–13[41] C
Jenner, BooneBoone JennerSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C/LW
Dallas Stars TBD 2017–18
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza 2016–17 C
Detroit Red Wings Abdelkader, JustinJustin AbdelkaderSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Kronwall, NiklasNiklas KronwallSpent entire NHL career with team 2011–12[42] D
Edmonton Oilers Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic 2016–17[7] LW
Nugent-Hopkins, RyanRyan Nugent-HopkinsSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[43] C
Florida Panthers
Ekblad, AaronAaron EkbladSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[44] D
TBD 2017–18
Los Angeles Kings Carter, JeffJeff Carter 2015–16 C/RW
Doughty, DrewDrew DoughtySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17[citation needed] D
Minnesota Wild Parise, ZachZach Parise 2012–13[45] LW
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 2012–13[45] D
Montreal Canadiens Gallagher, BrendanBrendan GallagherSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[46] RW
TBD 2017–18
Plekanec, TomasTomas PlekanecSpent entire NHL career with team 2014–15[47] C
Weber, SheaShea Weber 2016–17[46] D
Nashville Predators
Josi, RomanRoman JosiSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[48] D
Ellis, RyanRyan EllisSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
New Jersey Devils TBD 2017–18
Henrique, AdamAdam HenriqueSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[23] C
Zajac, TravisTravis ZajacSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[23] C
New York Islanders
Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck 2016–17[49] RW
Ladd, AndrewAndrew Ladd 2016–17[49] LW
New York Rangers Girardi, DanielDaniel GirardiSpent entire NHL career with team 2013–14[50] D
Nash, RickRick Nash 2016–17 LW
Staal, MarcMarc StaalSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[51] D
TBD 2017–18
Ottawa Senators TBD 2017–18
Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf 2016-17[52] D
Turris, KyleKyle Turris 2015–16 C
Philadelphia Flyers TBD 2017–18
Simmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds 2014–15[53] RW
Pittsburgh Penguins TBD 2017–18
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni MalkinSpent entire NHL career with team 2008–09[54] C
St. Louis Blues TBD
Stastny, PaulPaul Stastny 2016–17 C
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 2011–12 LW
Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir TarasenkoSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
San Jose Sharks Couture, LoganLogan CoutureSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16 C
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton 2014–15[55] C
Tampa Bay Lightning Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan 2014–15 RW
Palat, OndrejOndrej PalatSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 RW
Toronto Maple Leafs Bozak, TylerTyler BozakSpent entire NHL career with team 2015–16[56] C
Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick 2015–16[57] D
Komarov, LeoLeo KomarovSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 LW
Rielly, MorganMorgan RiellySpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vancouver Canucks Alexander EdlerSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Bo HorvatSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C
Daniel SedinSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11[58] LW
Brandon Sutter 2016–17 C
Christopher TanevSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 D
Vegas Golden Knights TBD 2017–18
Washington Capitals Backstrom, NicklasNicklas BackstromSpent entire NHL career with team 2010–11 C
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 2014–15[59] D
Winnipeg Jets Byfuglien, DustinDustin Byfuglien 2016–17[60] D
Scheifele, MarkMark ScheifeleSpent entire NHL career with team 2016–17 C

Notes

References

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